America's Brady reaches first Grand Slam quarter-final

Jennifer Brady pumps her fist

Jennifer Brady pumps her fist

It marked the first time Brady had made the fourth round at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in NY since 2017.

Jennifer Brady clasped her hands, threw back her head, closed her eyes and soaked in the biggest moment of her tennis career.

Jennifer Brady produced a fearless brand of tennis to topple 2016 champion Angelique Kerber 6-1 6-4 and reach the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam for the first time at the U.S. Open on Sunday.

A year ago Rogers had to retire in the first round of qualies.

"It's so special", Rogers said.

Brady raised her arms in triumph when Kerber's service return sailed long, becoming the first former collegian woman to make the US Open quarterfinals, according to the USTA.

Rogers saved four match points in a strong defensive effort that saw her commit a dozen fewer unforced errors than her opponent, as the twice Wimbledon champion struggled with her serve and committed seven double faults, including one late in the third-set tiebreak.

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For Kerber, it was an abrupt end to a resurgent week.

"She was making a lot more balls in the second set".

Brady took a medical timeout and returned to the court with her upper left leg wrapped. "Recently I have just been going on court with not putting expectations on myself to perform well but instead to just focus on what I can control and just competing on every single point", she said. "I was glad to close it out".

Brady had never reached a Grand Slam quarterfinal. "She's playing well. She has confidence. Let's see how far she can get here, but for sure she can get far". Ranked 41st in the world, she entered the tournament as a 28-seed. "I played a spectacular first set". I feel like I would be the under dog having never beaten her. The German seemed poised to win the fourth Grand Slam of her career and her second US Open title. Japan's Ai Sugiyama played in 62 consecutive majors. "It's not easy never to be injured, never to win a Slam, not to drop in the ranking".

"I wouldn't say it was exercise". And going in to the match, she already achieved another major milestone-with the help of her upcoming opponent. Opportunities abounded as both players saved numerous break points in their remaining service games, the American holding steady as she maintained her lead.

With top-seeded Novak Djokovic defaulted, a streak will be broken. It's been a long time here in NY.

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